Metro writes off almost R400 million debt for poor

The Tshwane metro has written off millions of rands owed by poor residents in the city.

Mayor Solly Msimanga said in a statement his administration had written off almost R400 million in irrecoverable debt for the poor.

“After assuming office, the DA-led multiparty administration made a commitment to addressing the plight of poor residents and stabilising the finances of Tshwane,” said Msimanga.

“Residents who will most likely feel more less financially burdened are residents from the so-called ‘Mawiga zone’ – Mabopane, Winterveldt and Ga-Rankuwa.

This administration has agreed to write off R371 140 786 in irrecoverable debt for indigent residents unable to afford [pay] their municipal accounts.

This is a progressive and pro-poor move by the Council and another victory for our vulnerable members of society.”

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He said the write-off was in addition to a R754 million debt the Council had suspended for 12 months pending a possible write-off.

He said the debt was for water and sanitation services provided by the Sandspruit Works Association (SWA) to Mawiga zone before it was absorbed into the metro in July last year because of unsatisfactory service delivery.

He said the write-off would be effected if the affected residents start paying their current accounts monthly for six months.

“Fifty percent will be written-off after six months and the rest after 12,” he said.

“This is designed to encourage residents to take responsibility and start being conscientious rate payers while also rehabilitating the debtor book.

Mawiga residents are encouraged to make use of this opportunity.

This is further evidence that the metro does indeed care about its vulnerable residents.”

 

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David Matsena

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